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Chefs Satisfy a Hunger for Fresh Dining

When Jessica McLeish and Jonathan Pflueger bumped into each other last fall in between volleyball sets at Ninth Street Beach in South Laguna, it didn’t take them long to realize their life experiences provided the right ingredients for a new enterprise. They were about to change...

Pressure Rises to Cut Water Use

Water use in the Laguna Beach County Water District needs to shrink by 24 percent or 200 million gallons over the next nine months in order to comply with statewide mandatory reductions, the first in state history, local water officials announced this week. To meet the mandatory...

Fee Increases Help Fund Safety Measures

By hiking fees for community development services in coming months, the City Council will be able to fund most requests competing for an undesignated balance in the proposed nearly $80 million budget that begins July 1. Far from frivolous, the largest demands outlined in a budget...

Moratorium Halts More Short-Term Rentals

The explosion of unpermitted short term rentals in private homes coupled with complaints from residents about their impact on neighborhood character led the City Council Tuesday to impose a 45-day moratorium on issuing any more short-term lodging permits. The city will later...

College Launches a New Class of Artists

Clouds gave way early in the week to sun, warming graduation ceremonies for the Laguna College of Art and Design class of 2015. Seventy-eight bachelor of arts graduates and 10 earning master’s degrees in fine art rose to accolades from college President Jonathan Burke, sage...

Spruced Up Garden Welcomes Visitors

By Donna Furey | LB Indy This year visitors to the annual spring open house at the Hortense Miller Garden on Saturday May, 30 will be treated to an art exhibit as well as the usual delights of the 2.5 acre garden nestled on the steep slopes of Boat Canyon. International artist,...

Budget Encourages Restraint

In a summary of Laguna Beach’s proposed nearly $80 million budgets for the next two years, City Manager John Pietig describes the city’s revenues as “meeting or exceeding levels experienced prior to the recession.” Even so, Pietig advocates fiscal restraint and cautions...

Claims Will Test View Rights

  Public sentiment skewed to extremes as Laguna Beach spent months fine-tuning and redrafting its view ordinance, which took effect last December. Some residents predicted a stampede of claims by homeowners seeking to restore vegetation-choked vistas and speculators trying...

Sewer Project Blocked by a Lone Hold-Out

Five more feet of easement is all South Coast Water District needs to begin its massive pipeline replacement and tunnel improvement project under the ocean bluffs of South Laguna, according to Andrew Brunhart, the district’s general manager. A closed meeting was to be held...

School Board Meetings to Go Live

  Although not likely to be quite as colorful or town-changing as the MTV reality show, Laguna Beach school board meetings will soon go live. The Laguna Beach Unified School District board voted 3-1 Tuesday to stream public meetings online. The board approved $50,000 for...

Wendt Painting is Star of Bonham’s Auction

Sometime around 1916 artist William Wendt explored Laguna Beach for a site to build his new home when he rounded the curve on Old Coast Road near Moss Point. He apparently was struck by the isolation of the area, with a few scattered homes and trees, and captivated by the crimson...

Reward Offered for Tips on Sea Lion Poisoning

An animal rights group is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever poisoned more than a dozen sea lions with chlorine at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. “It takes an appalling disregard for others to...

Grand Jury Calls for More Recycled Water

Even as Gov. Jerry Brown grapples with California’s drought by mandating that water districts curb their demands by 25 percent, the Orange County Grand Jury urges them to expand supply by stepping up production of recycled water. Dwindling local water supplies could be...

Tide Pool Life Diminishes

A virus wiped out sea stars along the entire west coast last year. This year, an eerie new phenomenon, urchin balding, is attacking purple-spined sea urchins in Orange County tide pools, and local scientists are investigating this new mystery. Due to a warmer winter than usual,...

Quake Relief Trickles into Nepal’s Villages

Bearing supplies enough for 150 families to one of Nepal’s devastated remote villages, Rabindra Sitaula encountered near riots when 350 people in need arrived and tried to loot supplies Wednesday. Sitaula serves as program manager in Nepal for the R Star Foundation, based in...